The Habitation at Port Royal, in the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada. Built in 1939-1940, it is a replica of the earliest permanent settlement which stood from 1605 to 1613. It was established by the Frenchmen Pierre Du Gua de Monts ,accompanied by Samuel de Champlain, Louis Hébert and Sieur de Poutrincourt. Having barely survived the previous winter, this new settlement in the much nicer climate of the Annapolis Valley became quite prosperous. The first social club in the New World was set up here, called The Order of Good Cheer, with a supper every few days and considerable revelry if the surviving records can be trusted. In the main, it was to get the settlers through their first winter, and in that, it was successful.
The original fort and settlement were destroyed in 1613 as a result of one of the incessant French-English wars, and this replica has been built to be as exact a true copy as possible.
It is a National Historic Site of Canada and attracts many visitors to it’s beautiful location overlooking the waters of Annapolis Basin.
This image was taken in the summer of 1959. The boy is my first son, and the camera was an Exakta Varex 35mm.SLR with Ektachrome film and a Biotar lens, 50mm,f.2.0. It was scanned with a Canoscan 4000US scanner in 2004.


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  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98almost 5 years ago

    These old shots scan so well, especially if – like this – they were photographed properly in the first place. I love to have information like you have give that I can soak up, but without having it to refer back to I doubt if I could remember it all nowadays! A good and interesting upload George – great stuff mate! Peter

  • Hi Peter, thanks again, and I’m glad you like the history notes. My wife went to school only a short distance from the Habitation and she used to go over there to have her lunch at noon quite often. I’ve been back quite a few times but I still liked this old shot. The little guy is now 54, so time does! Cheers, George

    – George Cousins

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture and an interesting historical read George

  • Thank you Larry, and glad you enjoyed the bit of history.Being from N.S. myself, we heard all about these events in grade school, so it was nice to be able to visit in later years.

    – George Cousins

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekalmost 5 years ago

    Very nicely done, George. Great pov.
    With all those chimnies, I bet it was a job in itself to get enough wood to keep the fires stoked !

  • Sure was! It’s a very interesting place inside, copied exactly from the original plans which apparently were in archives in France. I’ll post some of them eventually, wanted to start with the outside first:)

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 5 years ago

    Another great shot and great read! Thanks.

  • Good morning Mike, and many thanks. Glad you enjoyed it!

    – George Cousins

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 5 years ago

    Top capture, thanks for the history and the heritage information too, appreciated.

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  • Hi Sonia, thank you and glad you liked it. I have sent you a reply to your question in the forum. Drop me a BM if you need more.

    – George Cousins

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